According to West Hawaii Today, John Kaiwi, a former U.S. Navy combat search and rescue swimmer, has his students perform tasks such as carrying 50 to 80 pound backpacks during 5 to 10 mile marches, as well as do 3 to 20 mile runs on varying terrain, swim up to 2 miles in shoreline surges and tread water for one to two hours while wearing their military uniform and combat boots. They students also do basic marksmanship, map and terrain reading, hand-to-hand combat training, obstacle course climbing, and much more.
As Kaiwi sees it, a recruit must possess “spiritual, mental and physical toughness” in order to make it through elite military school.
As West Hawaii Today notes, Kaiwi has successfully trained roughly 30 recruits, all of whom successfully made it into the military and served in varying roles, such as Marine infantrymen, combat medics and airborne paratroopers.
“These young men are the future protectors of our country, and they are the heart, soul and reason our country remains free,” Kaiwi said.
Those interested in this program can call Kaiwi at 987-2863. Training takes place at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park.